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RXP GPS Annunciation Panels (updated)

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Hi,

Now included in the Reality XP GNS 530/430 V2 FltSim v2.3.12 and Reality XP GTN 750/650 Touch v2.4.16!
Mid Continent MD41-1484W Annunciator Control Unit
Mid Continent MD41-1028 TAWS CONTROL UNIT

MD41-1484W_1-B.jpg?fv=2C6A1A9BF89CEAB116MD41-1028_1-B.jpg
The rxpGpsAnnun.cab includes two gauges offered as addition to the GTN and GNS V2, the Mid Continent WAAS annunciation panel and the Mid Continent TAWS control unit.

They are released as XML gauges, so that it makes it easy for third party vendors to integrate the same annunciation panels as-is in their aircraft, or using the same XML code when displaying in an EFIS for example.

Both gauges install automatically to P3D4 and P3D3 using the GNS V2 and GTN existing add-on.xml file. It requires editing the panel.cfg file to add them to the actual panel though.

For manual Installation:

Prefered method is using the Prepar3d addon xml file:

1) copy the file rxpGpsAnnun.cab to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Reality XP\Gauges"

2) copy and paste the following to a new file named 'add-on.xml'

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<SimBase.Document Type="AddOnXml" version="3,3" id="add-on">
    <AddOn.Name>Reality XP GPS Annunciation</AddOn.Name>
    <AddOn.Description>Reality XP Gauges</AddOn.Description>
      <AddOn.Component>
        <Category>Gauges</Category>
        <Name>Reality XP GPS Annunciation</Name>
        <Path>C:\Program Files (x86)\Reality XP\Gauges</Path>
    </AddOn.Component>
</SimBase.Document>

3) copy the add-on.xml file into: "Documents\Prepar3D v4 Add-ons\Reality XP Gauges"

Alternatively, copy the rxpGpsAnnun.cab file in the simulator Gauges folder.

Gauge specs:

rxpGpsAnnun!TAWS,0,0,350,100
rxpGpsAnnun!WAAS,0,0,350,100 

Known limitations:

- Requires Reality XP GTN 750/650 Touch v2.5 minimum.
- Requires Reality XP GNS 530/430 V2 v2.4.1 minimum.

PS: For the old-timers, they used to be included in our GNS legacy, but weren't included yet in the GTN or the GNS V2 gauge file. I've decided to reboot these gauges and offer them as XML gauges, so that it makes it easy for third party vendors to integrate the same annunciation panels as-is in their aircraft, or using the same XML code when displaying in an EFIS for example.

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Hi, I tried installing these gauges using both methods into P3dv4 and both appear however only as black screens. Any advice as to what I have done wrong?  Thank you, Brian..

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Hi, I have sorted the problem out, I forgot to add "gauge=" to the PNL.cfg.........................

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I'm hoping you'll enjoy these goodies!

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I guess I am a little dense.  Is there an example of the panel.cfg entry for adding these two gauges to an aircraft?  I use P3dV4.3 and have installed the most current GTN 750 update.  The gauge entry is in the add-on.xml file, but, I don't see either of the gauges in cockpit.

Thanks,

Danny

 

Something like this in the aircraft panel.cfg?

[Window01]
Background_color=0,0,0 
size_mm=500,586
window_size_ratio=1.000  
position=0
visible=0
ident=14401
window_size= 0.320, 0.450
window_pos= 0.000, 0.040
type=special

gauge00=

 

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Posted (edited)

Hi Danny,

The installer makes sure these gauges are 'known' to P3D so that when configured in a panel.cfg file, they will load up and run.

You are right, the panel.cfg file is THE place to configure these, either manually, or using third party panel.cfg editing tools. It is not hard to do manually and you might want to start with the SDK documentation which explains all this in great details:

http://www.prepar3d.com/SDKv4/sdk/panels_and_user_interface/panels/panels_overview.html

 

Or more specifically the XML gauge tutorial "add the new panel" section:

(replace the SDK gauge names with the "rxpGpsAnnun!TAWS" and "rxpGpsAnnun!WAAS" instead)

http://www.prepar3d.com/SDKv4/sdk/panels_and_user_interface/gauges/xml_gauges/xml_gauges_tutorial.html
 

 

Or, visit the Avsim forum:

https://www.avsim.com/forums/forum/122-fsxfsx-se-aircraft-and-panel-design-forum-how-to/


NB: the "350,100" values are the width and height the gauge bitmaps where designed for. In other words, they'll display sharp up to 350x100 pixels on your screen. It also means the W/H ratio is 3.5 (i.e. width is 3.5 times larger than height), in other words, if you end up configuring the panel.cfg file with a gauge width of 100, the gauge height must be 100/3.5 to keep the native ratio.

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Here are popup window configurations for the RXP GTN TAWS & WAAS Annunciation Panels. The panels are included with the RXP installers. These configurations will also work with the RXP GNS series.

There are 2 different configurations.
1. RXP GPS TAWS & WAAS Annunciation Panels in separate popup windows.
2. RXP GPS TAWS & WAAS Annunciation Panels in 1 popup window.

Make sure to open the gauge settings to enable the TAWS feature.

1. This configuration is for the TAWS & WAAS gauges in separate popup windows.
Add under [Window Titles] using the appropriate number sequence.

WindowXX=TAWS Annunciation Control Unit
WindowXX=WAAS Annunciation Control Unit

//--------------------------------------------------------
[WindowXX]
Background_color=0,0,0 
size_mm=170,40
window_size_ratio=1.000  
visible=0
ident=60
window_size= 0.125, 0.056
window_pos= 0.000, 0.430 
gauge00=rxpGpsAnnun!TAWS,  0,0,170,40 
//--------------------------------------------------------
[WindowXX]
Background_color=0,0,0 
size_mm=170,40
window_size_ratio=1.000  
visible=0
ident=70
window_size= 0.125, 0.056
window_pos= 0.000, 0.485 
gauge00=rxpGpsAnnun!WAAS,  0,0,170,40


2. This configuration is for both the TAWS & WAAS gauges in 1 popup window.

Add under [Window Titles] using the appropriate number sequence.
WindowXX=TAWS WAAS Annunciation Control Units

The popup window section:
[WindowXX]
Background_color=0,0,0
size_mm=170,80
window_size_ratio=1.000  
position=3
visible=0
ident=60
window_size= 0.125, 0.112
window_pos= 0.000, 0.430 
gauge00=rxpGpsAnnun!TAWS,  0,0,170,40
gauge01=rxpGpsAnnun!WAAS,  0,40,170,40

Addendum:

If you want the gauge(s) to always show even when changing views.
Add always_visible=1 to the gauge window section. 

Example:
[WindowXX]
Background_color=0,0,0 
size_mm=170,40
window_size_ratio=1.000  
visible=0
always_visible=1
ident=60
window_size= 0.125, 0.056
window_pos= 0.000, 0.430 
gauge00=rxpGpsAnnun!TAWS,  0,0,170,40 

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